The Shorts the Everest prelude

Randwick’s highlight on Saturday will be the $500,000, Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) with the 14 nominations setting off an Everest prelude of vital proportions.

Starting for the first time of their spring campaigns towards the $14 million invitation race over 1200m at Randwick on October 19th will be Santa Ana Lane, Osborne Bulls, Classique Legend and In Her Time.

They will meet the two-time winner of The Everest, Redzel, Pierata, Graff, Nature Strip and Sunlight, the first five home in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes over 1000m at Randwick on September 7th. That race was run at a blistering pace with the final 600m sectional of each runner on the Good 4 track as follows in finish order – 32.32; 31.61;32.06;32.48 and 32.47.

The Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane has not been seen since his Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes victory at Randwick on April 6th. He has trialled twice in preparation with the last for a third over 800m at Cranbourne on September 2nd.

Godolphin’s Osborne Bulls was third in last year’s The Everest after an audacious ride by Tommy Berry taking the Street Cry six-year-old gelding to the very outside of the track and better ground in the Heavy 9 conditions to come from 11th at the 400m.

Osborne Bulls is coming off a run of five second black type placings with the last in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 over 1200m at Eagle Farm on May 11th.

Four-year-old Classique Legend is the least experienced of the field with four starts for three wins, the last in the Group 2 Arrowfield Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on April 13th. Trainer Les Bridge has sent the Not A Single Doubt gelding out for two impressive trials.

The current TAB market for The Everest is as follows:

Santa Ana Lane - $5.00 Pierata - $6.00 Osborne Bulls - $7.00 Redzel - $7.00 Classique Legend - $8.00 Graff - $15.00 In Her Time - $15.00 Sunlight - $15.00 Nature Strip - $26.00

Saturday's All In opening market from TAB has Classique Legend and Pierata at $5.00, Osborne Bulls, Redzel and Santa Ana Lane at $6.00, In Her Time $8.00, Graff and Nature Strip $11.00, Enticing Star and Sunlight $15.00, Jonker and Viridine $26.00, Improvement $51.00 and She Knows at $101.00.

The Randwick track is rated a Good 4 on Monday and the rail will be in the True position for the entire circuit.

Sydney’s weather has rain arriving during Monday night and a very high (95%) chance of rain on Tuesday with 20mm – 45mm possible and 17c. Wednesday is cloudy with a high (80%) chance of showers with 6mm – 15mm and 19c, Thursday is partly cloudy with a high (70%) chance of showers with 2mm – 5mm and 22c.

Friday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with 23c and Saturday has a partly cloudy day with a medium (50%) chance of showers and 0mm – 3mm with 15c – 25c.       

The Shorts nominations

Redzel with Pierata in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick, picture